Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Square Eyes: How I turned an addiction TV into a career

Clothworkers’ Central, Speakman Lecture Theatre

Lisa Holdsworth has been a TV writer for over 15 years, working on some of the UK’s top TV shows. In this talk, she discusses how she got her break into TV and what being a TV writer really involves.


Lisa Holdsworth won her first commission in 2001 on Fat Friends. She was shortlisted for a Best New Writer BAFTA for her episode. She then joined the Emmerdale writing team for three years before heading off to write for New Tricks, winning the RTS Yorkshire Best Writer award for one of her episodes. Since then she has written for Waterloo Road, Robin Hood and Midsomer Murders. She also writes and produces theatre and has several projects in development.

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